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Craving meat and consuming flesh and blood ... Fire, water, poisons, precipices, savages, wild beasts - all manner of mortal dangers abound, but only very few things can prolong life. Even food, clothing and other things usually considered life sustaining can at times turn into causes of death. Many fatalities occur as a result of eating – the food might be contaminated; or it may be something eaten for its beneficial properties but becoming toxic under certain circumstances; or might be the wrong food for a particular individual. Especially, nowadays most people crave meat and consume flesh and blood with a second thought, completely oblivious to all the diseases caused by old meat or harmful meat spirits. Unhealthy diets and lifestyles can also give rise to tumours, disorders of phlegm, dropsy and other diseases, causing innumerable deaths.
Hell and animal sacrifice ... One day the siddha Tangtong Gyalpoo was practising the yoga exercises of the channels and energies on a big rock. The rock split in two. Inside there was a huge frog. Innumerable small creatures had attached themselves to it and were eating it alive, making it open and close its black mouth in unbearable pain. When his companions asked why this had come about, Tantong Gyalpo explained that the being who had been reborn in that form had been a priest who sacrificed animals. Hell and lamas eating meat Look at the lamas of today! Each time a patron kills a nice fat sheep and cooks up the gullet, kidneys and other organs along with the meat and blood, serving it piled up with the still
From The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887). Published in PDF by Shabkar.Org, Amsterdam 2006, with permission of the copyright holders, the Padmakara Translation Group, the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, as well as the organisation responsible for the publication of the various versions of the book, the International Sacred Literature Trust. This material is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
with four lovely women plying him with food and drink and other pleasures. the negative karmic effect of the slaughter falls on both benefactor and guest without distinction. when they have to pay back with their own bodies all that they have eaten so many times in this life. swallowed down with the grass. Killing a wild animal to eat its flesh or wear its skin is killing out of desire. sheep are a particularly prolific source of harm. He lived in a beautiful mansion. (page 70-71) Taking life Taking life means doing anything intentionally to end the life of another being. As they graze they eat all sorts of little animals-frogs. and such is their predilection for the taste of meat that without the least remorse or compassion for the slaughtered beasts they wolf it all down with great gusto. at which point they From The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887). the publisher. During the day. hundreds of thousands of insects carried by each sheep in its fleece all die. the walls of the house would transform into blazing hot metal and the four women into terrifying brown dogs who fed on his body. because they bring about immediate rebirth in the hell of Ultimate Torment without passing through the intermediate state: killing one's father. in the belief that it is virtuous thing to do . The rich as a rule kill countless animals. In such cases. At night his pleasure knew no bounds. Compared to horses.is killing out of ignorance. as they graze. animal or any other living creature. Amsterdam 2006. our lamas pull the shawl of their robes over their heads and suck away at the entrails like babies at their mother's breast. Once they have finished. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Killing without knowing the consequences of right or wrong . innumerable in numerable animals are killed for their tea parties and receptions. More specifically. the International Sacred Literature Trust. What is more. Of all their livestock. lamas and monks visiting their benefactors' houses are served the flesh and blood of animals that have been slaughtered and cooked for them. When important people and government officials travel about. as well as the organisation responsible for the publication of the various versions of the book. cattle and other livestock. The negative karmic result of all these acts comes to the owner as well as the beast.or. with permission of the copyright holders. But to start with. there was a village butcher who made a vow never to kill animals at night. like certain tirthikas. Their mouths gleam with grease and their whiskers have acquired a reddish tinge. there is no one. who is not guilty of having crushed countless tiny insects underfoot while walking around. Some of us. There are three instances of killing that are called acts with immediate retributions. He was reborn in an ephemeral hell. high or low. their heads emerge again. flies. no more than half the lambs are kept. crushed under their hooves or swamped in their dung. kill in numerable insects. Published in PDF by Shabkar. ants and even little fish and frogs. Then they cut themselves slices of the outer meat with their knives and munch them in a leisurely fashion. But they will have a big problem in their next life. the rest are killed at birth. killing one's mother and killing an Arhat. however. in one of the ephemeral hells. This material is protected by copyright. and so on. The mother ewes are used for their milk and to produce lambs until they become too old and exhausted. Hell and killing animals At the time of the Buddha. In winter at lambing time.Org. baby birds. In summer at shearing time.quivering ribs of a yak. thinking only of the specific act of killing with our own hands. whether human. might imagine that we are innocent of ever having taken life. in summer these very cattle and sheep. snakes. they allow none to die a natural death but have them slaughtered one by one as they age. . powerful or feeble. wherever they go. apart from the odd beast here and there. the Padmakara Translation Group. hot and steaming. A warrior killing an enemy in battle is an example of killing out of hatred.
Thereupon the animal's vital functions cease and the conjunction of its body and mind is sundered: that is the final completion of the act of taking a life. Should the sheep have lice. Two of the elements of the negative action would therefore have been fulfilled. The basis is that he knows that there is a sentient creature involved-a sheep. like a hunter returning home-but worse. and when she is seen off. This material is protected by copyright. and then eaten. and the red faced little monster sits down seriously. in fact. first. throws it on its back. the ending of its life. and identifies the animal beyond any doubt: his knowing that it is a living creature is the basis for the act. the idea of killing it. as well as the organisation responsible for the publication of the various versions of the book. the knowledge hat there is a sentient being. she affects a shocked loss of appetite and eats with a pretentious disdain as if she had forgotten how to chew. in numerable sheep are slaughtered when the dowry is sent. streaming tears. Immediately it is roasted over a fire or cooked on the stove. whether castrated or not. So all of us humans.are then slaughtered for their meat and skins. but did not actually do so. like ogres. The intention. every time the young bride goes back to visit her own family. Indeed-considering how we slaughter our cattle to enjoy their flesh and blood when they have spent their whole lives serving for us and feeding us with their milk as if they were our mothers-we are worse than any ogre. pulls out hew little knife. lashes its legs together with leather thongs and binds a rope around its muzzle until it suffocates. millions of them are killed at a time on each sheep. Another example: the slaughter of a sheep raised for meat by its owner. Should her friends and relatives invite her out and serve her anything but meat. the idea of killing it. When you think about it. they kill many insects just by beating the ground with a willow-wand or leather whip as they walk along. for every time she goes out she is sure not to come back empty-handed. is present as soon as he decides to have this or that sheep are slaughtered. with permission of the copyright holders. In the violent agony of death. or musk-deer. In no time at all the animal is bring skinned with a knife. the publisher. the wish to kill it arises: the idea of killing it is the intention to carry out the act. cause the death of countless animals while they are playing. The next day she sets off loaded down with the bloody carcass. like a reflection appearing in a mirror. such animals are practically eaten alive. spend our entire time taking life. From The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887). another animal is sure to be killed. reaches completion. Amsterdam 2006. There would already be the basis. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Its body is dragged off to the house and the final phase. reaches maturity without being slaughtered straight away. All rights reserved. its flesh still quivering because the "all-pervading energy" has not yet had time to leave the body. would nevertheless remain. For every marriage. and gobbles it all down with much smacking of lips. the International Sacred Literature Trust. the animal ceases to breathe and its staring eyes turn bluish and cloud over. First of all. he sees an actual stag. and although the harm would be hell heavy than if you had in fact completed the act of killing. Anyone who owns a flock of a hundred or more sheep can be sure of at least one rebirth in hell. But kill a fat sheep and set down a big pile of breast meat and tripe before her.Org. the master of the house tells his servant or a butcher to slaughter a sheep. Next. The execution of the actual act of killing takes place when the slaughterer seizes his noose and suddenly catches the sheep that he is going to kill. Children. the stain of a negative act. In summer. when the bride is set off. And not a single ram. Published in PDF by Shabkar. . the Padmakara Translation Group. it is as if the animal were still alive. and when she is received by her in-laws. or whatever it might be. bow and arrow or any other weapon: the physical action of killing is the execution of the act. Suppose that you intended to kill an animal today. Then he shoots the animal in a vital point with a sun. or that you said you would. Take the example if a hunter killing a wild animal. The act of taking life is complete when it includes all four elements of a negative action. and we humans are no different from beasts of prey. and the intention. for instance. whether they are aware of it or not. too. Afterwards.
the publisher. It is not as if one act of killing could be divided up among many people.Some people imagine that only the person who physically carried out the killing is creating a negative karmic effect. and that the person who just gave the orders is not .or. if he is. Amsterdam 2006. Each person gets the whole karmic result of killing one animal. But you should know that the same karmic result comes to everyone involved. the Padmakara Translation Group. even anyone who just felt pleased about it . the International Sacred Literature Trust. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. This material is protected by copyright. (page 102-105) From The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887). All rights reserved. with permission of the copyright holders.so there can be no question about the person who actually ordered that the killing be carried out. . as well as the organisation responsible for the publication of the various versions of the book. Published in PDF by Shabkar.Org. then only a little.
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